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Vigilance in the Defense of Liberty and Freedom
In one of its last acts of the current session, on December 22, 2010, the U.S. Senate confirmed the nominations of Jacqueline A. Berrien to be Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission; Chai R. Feldblum ( a long-time lesbian activist ) and Victoria A. Lipnic to be Commissioners; and P. David Lopez to be the General Counsel. All four were nominated to their positions by President Barack Obama and had been serving under recess appointments since April, 2010.
The Senate confirmed by Jacqueline A. Berrien, the former Associate Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF), as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC) by unanimous consent on December 22, 2010. Berrien was nominated for the position by President Obama on July 16, 2009. Due to the Senate inaction on her appointment, the President had signed a recess appointment for her on March 27, 2010. The Senate confirmed her fellow commissioners, Chai Feldblum and Victoria Lipnik as well.
Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman, said the judge’s decision was “not a setback” because it was consistent with new housing vertical patrol, procedures and training curriculum put in place this year.
Before making a trespass arrest, Mr. Browne said, officers are trained to ask a person: Do you live in the building? Are you visiting someone? Do you have business there? Based on the answers, and on follow-up questions, an officer might establish probable cause for an arrest, or might tell the person to leave or become satisfied that he or she can stay.
The New York City Council voted on Monday to require the Police and Education Departments to produce regular reports on arrests, summonses and suspensions of public school students, a victory for civil liberties advocates who say that the school police have sometimes been too aggressive in trying to keep order.
The measure, which was introduced in August 2008, was approved unanimously after compromises were made to satisfy the police and education officials.
Hear Kristen Clarke, Co-Director of LDF's Political Participation Group, discuss the importance of Section 5 of the VRA with Mimi Rosenberg on "Wake Up Call."
Listen here. (Interview begins at 25:00)